(Muslim + Christian) Fundamentalism = A Sinking Country By Churchill Okonkwo

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For any keen observer of political discourse in Nigeria, there is no doubt that Muslim and Christian fundamentalisms have a hold on Nigeria. These twin divine warriors tend to narrow every national issue down to religion or ethnicity, and they have a lot in common. The most frightening parallel between Christian and Islamic fundamentalists is that they play God with our lives by dividing us into believers and unbelievers. In the process, they decide for themselves who is saved and who is damned.

Before the 2015 elections in Nigeria, a person’s faith had little impact on how they voted. This was reflected in the failed 1992 elections won by Chief Moshood Abiola and Babagana Kingibe on a Muslim-Muslim list. More recently, the election of Goodluck Jonathan by overwhelming voices from the predominantly Muslim north and the Christian south testified that religion was secondary to the Nigerian electorate. But, make no mistake, there have always been those who believed that religion should play a bigger role in Nigerian politics.

The rise of Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria, fueled by the drive to induct strict Sharia law, has changed everything in Nigeria. Boko Haram fundamentalists who believe Western education is a sin were controversial at odds with rationalism. Though shrouded in ignorance, the cult’s operations have been devastatingly effective in brainwashing young girls into suicide bombings in northern Nigeria. They sowed fear, wreaked so much havoc and in so doing exposed the incompetence of Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

In response, “pastor” Wako Reno and illusory psychopath FFK badly advised Goodluck Jonathan to play a national politics of religion in the run-up to the 2015 election. They said this was an appropriate response to sympathy. that the APC and Buhari were receiving from the Muslim north following increasing attacks by Boko Haram. Reno and FFK used Goodluck Jonathan to mobilize Christian fundamentalists who had stayed away from politics, believing it to distract them from making money with the poverty stricken population. This backfired on him, ultimately leading to the eventual downfall of Jonathan and PDP.

The current terrorist activities of the killer shepherds in Nigeria have led to the rise of Christian fundamentalists eager to confront, by any means possible, a predominantly Muslim group they see as the APC and Buhari’s army. So, we are witnessing a Christian extremism that has found a new platform in Nigerian politics like at no other time in our history.

Today, both Christian and Muslim fundamentalists encourage their members to allow themselves to be overcome by a wave of intolerance. When challenged they will let you know that yes hate is good and our goal is a Christian or Muslim nation. We are called by God to conquer this country. We don’t want equal time. We don’t want pluralism

For Muslim extremists, commitment to Islam takes the form of jihad, understood as a holy war. However, this is a distortion of its core principles which are a commitment to peace, respect and justice. For example, the “great jihad” is not a political struggle against the infidels, according to the prophet Mohammad, but an inner struggle: the struggle to become a better person through moral discipline and commitment to Islam.

For their part, fundamentalist Christian leaders are using their political machinery and suspicious means, including fear-provoking and fake news, to persuade ordinary believers to suspend existing teachings that condemn violence. Believers who are theologically informed and spiritually well trained tend not to be sensitive to such arguments. Unfortunately, the majority of ordinary believers are not always sufficiently grounded in the teachings and practices of Christianity to counter the selective reading of the Bible by fundamentalists.

Christianity, like Islam, contains such a variety of views and is open to such a range of interpretations that it could be used to justify almost any cause or action. What distinguishes religious fundamentalism, after all, is that it offers a new interpretation of religious teachings and then asserts its undisputed authority. These fundamentalists cite biblical and Koranic passages (unqualified) to support their extremist ideology.

Rather than seeking a “human brotherhood”, religious fundamentalism aspires to a tribal community. While radical Muslims identify the Christian as the forces of evil, Christian fundamentalists, on the other hand, see Islam as the ultimate enemy. The horrific implication is that both sides are deploying the armies of their God to destroy the tissues that held us together. These fundamentalists are surely killing Nigeria and Nigerians in slow motion.

The resistance to any sort of resolution of the farmer-herder crisis in the Middle Belt in recent months by Christian fundamentalists and the brutal killing of farmers perpetuated by Muslim fundamentalists represented by killer shepherds is a disturbing reality that pseudo fundamentalists -religious have entered anarchy. on the national conscience.

Even when I admit that everyone should have a voice in a democracy, demonizing and oppressing other groups that we do not agree to get what we want, however, is not pious; it is certainly neither Christian nor Muslim. So, is there a way to effectively confront and deal with religious extremism and secure a positive future for Nigerians? That is the question.

To free ourselves from religious strangulation, Nigerians must therefore recognize and speak out against the powerful political machine of fundamentalists. I hope that Nigerians will better understand why our country is in its current situation and, more importantly, where it could be heading if these fundamentalists are not confronted and tamed.

We should all resolve to confront religious fundamentalism primarily because it is one of the most destructive forces of a multicultural Nigeria. The views of these fundamentalists, Christians and Muslims alike, do not deserve our respect, but rather call for our strongest condemnation. Obasanjo and Babangida lack the courage to talk about how fundamentalist Muslims and Christians are destroying Nigeria in their “love letter” to Buhari. On the contrary, they were just beating around the bush.

The truth is, the fundamentalists (Muslims + Christians) in Nigeria = the dangerously combustible and sinking nation that we are all witnessing. To save ourselves from implosion, we must all stand up as one and demonstrate that Nigeria is too good to hate.

You can email Churchill at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @churchillnnobi ‘



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